As pedestrians bustle past the eclectic restaurants and theater of the lively Chippewa District, the aroma of sizzling ground beef and freshly baked brioche rolls draws them toward Soho Burger Bar. Executive chef Ray Flor's kitchen is the source of these smells, where chefs whip up a variety of specialty burgers using specialty ground beef from the local Johnny's Meats and custom-made buns from Romeo's Bakery Cafe. They adorn patties of grilled ahi tuna, bison, and turkey with gourmet cheeses, sauces and garnishes, pairing burgers with appetizers of fish tacos or sides of truffle tater tots. Meanwhile, bartenders blend premium liquors into cocktails and decadent spiked milkshakes.
Reporters who lauded the restaurant's burgers in publications such as Buffalo Rising or Buffalo News were equally charmed by the interior decor, citing sultry lighting, an inventive chandelier made of liquor bottles, and walls covered in illuminated retro album covers. Cozy conversation nooks, bistro tables, couches, and translucent tortoiseshell patio chairs scatter the vibrant dining room, upstairs lounge, and outdoor patios of the versatile restaurant, which transforms into a quirky eatery during the day, a lively hot spot at night, and an enchanted yo-yo factory by early dawn.
At Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar, more than 150 types of beer stand ready for duty, chilling in bottles behind cool glass or waiting within deep kegs. Drawn from breweries across the world, these numerous libations, alongside a selection of international wines and handcrafted cocktails, find themselves on duty more often than not. No matter the day, Duke's doesn't close until the clock strikes 4 a.m. The drinks pair well with the bar's menu of pub fare, served until 3 a.m. In addition to specialties such as smoked barbecue chicken wings and mammoth burgers, the kitchen also sizzles up fresh cut steaks and curates a selection of fresh seafood ranging from raw oysters to delicate clams. These dinners often unfold to the sounds of live music; guests may hear anything from a classic-rock act to a jazz artist testing the limits of traditional time signatures.
Located at the Walden Galleria Mall, Taps Restaurant specializes in American cuisine ranging from heaping plates of nachos to burgers smothered with homemade Sam Adams beer-infused cheese dip. At Taps' bar, staff pour rotating drafts that include seasonal flavors such as Long Trail blackberry wheat or Sam Adams Octoberfest, which makes the change of seasons more exciting than it has ever been since you stopped living in a tree.
Family-owned and operated for more than 40 years, Mitchell's Tavern draws diners with beer, spirits, and a lengthy menu of freshly cooked pub fare. Its historic brick building, which is more than 70 years old, housed both a deli and the local fire department before transforming into the neighborhood tavern it is today. An outdoor patio shades rows of tabletops with umbrellas; inside, sports memorabilia and photographs crowd the walls as complimentary popcorn erupts from kettles and hearty roast beef sandwiches, hamburgers, and fried fish mingle with mugs of draft beer and mixed drinks. Happy hours and drink specials give wallets a break throughout the week—Mondays, for instance, bring half-priced bottles of Bud, and ladies night every Saturday treats ladies and gorillas in convincing cashmere gowns to $2 drinks and $4 cosmopolitans.: m]]